Woman who helped lead Montgomery boycott dies


Carr died Friday night, said Melody Ragland, a spokeswoman for Baptist Health hospital. Carr's family said earlier this month that she was hospitalized after suffering a stroke Feb. 11.

Carr was president of the Montgomery Improvement Association and helped lead the boycott of city buses when seamstress Rosa Parks, a childhood friend of Carr's, refused to give up her seat on a Montgomery bus to a white man.

Parks' arrest on Dec. 1, 1955, eventually led to a Supreme Court decision ending segregation in public transportation.

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